Updated 23 October 2013

Cash from trash

Cool competitions from South Africa's oldest and biggest metal can recycler.

 Kids still have till 30 September 2013 to enter the Collect-a-Can “CAN Craze” Competition and win a share of R60 000.

Competitors collect 300 or more used cans and turn them into a creative structure, which, once it’s been thoroughly admired, gets recycled by Collect-a-Can, SA's veteran non-profit metal can recycler.

“The structures can take any form, but creativity is crucial so we would like to encourage the learners to think outside the can”, recommends Zimasa Velaphi, marketing manager of Collect-a-Can.

Photos of the completed structures should be submitted to Collect-a-Can with the entry form, which can be obtained from Collect-a-Can branches or their website.

Prizes for the three most creative structures are: first place winner R30 000, second place R20 000 and 3rd place R10 000.

The competition aims to promote young people's awareness about reuse and recycling. It also certainly fosters creativity if last year's spectacular winners are anything to go by - check them out here.

Collect-a-Can runs several recycling competitions for schools, so keep an eye on the dates and how to participate.

School recycling programmes aren't only for fun and education - they contribute significantly to recycling totals in many countries, and schools often become key drop-off points in communities.

You can also make a little cash for yourself, and save resources and reduce waste of course, any time by dropping your cans off at a Collect-a-Can recycling collection point.

- Olivia Rose-Innes, EnviroHealth Editor

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